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I have a skylight in my kitchen. It’s a good and bad thing. I love all of the light it brings in but I also hate it at the same time. All that wonderful sunlight ripens any fruits or veggies that are laying out on the counter pretty quickly. There’s no where I can leave them out without the sun shining on them unless I put them in a cabinet or the fridge. And that’s not going to happen. I like the visual appeal of them in their basket. It makes me happy.
A few weeks ago I was having my weekly problem of having to make something because things were getting too ripe. This time it was my apples. I decided to slice them up and make apple chips. Easy enough. Slice, sprinkle, and bake but a bit too easy I thought. I added a pumpkin yogurt dip to spice things up and get me in the Fall spirit.
I baked my apple crisp on a BakeitFun Baking Mat ($14). I love silicone mats. This mat measures 16-1/2″ x 11″ and fits a 13″x18″ baking sheet perfectly. The mat doesn’t require any grease, is BPA free, and has a non-stick surface making clean so easy with just soap and water. It also has ruler measurements along the sides and cookie placement guides making it extra great for baking cookies. It’s a great silicone mat!
The makers of the BakeitFun Baking Mat say:
Reusable mat with outstanding heat conductivity – Perfect to use in oven, microwave or freezer – Takes up to -40F (-40 C) degrees to 450F (230 C) degrees – Flavors or odors will not penetrate the baking mat.
Let me tell you I gave this mat a workout. After baking my apple crisps and removing them from the baking sheet I placed the pan back in the oven. I was trying keep other people from cleaning it until I had a chance to take a video of me cleaning it. FYI, if you’re going to do that make sure you tell the other people in your house!!
My husband ended up preheating the oven with the cinnamon coated baking mat lined pan in the oven. It burnt the sugar nice and crisp onto my BakeitFun Baking Mat. Luckily, the mat still kept its non stick abilities in tact and the burnt stuff washed off. It took some effort as it was really burnt on there.
Tip If something is really stuck to your silicone baking mat it just needs to soak for a little bit just like any other hard to clean item. The mats non-stick properties come back real fast and I was able to clean it in a jiff after that.
Due to the burning something on my BakeitFun Baking Mat the mat was stained. I found that pouring lemon juice on the stains and sitting it in the sun all day removes the stains nicely. I also tried bleach and a vinegar baking soda mixture on other mats but found the lemon juice and sunlight to be the most effective.
Cinnamon Apple Crisps with Pumpkin Yogurt Dip
- 2-3 apples
- cinnamon sugar mix sprinkle to your liking
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1 cup greek vanilla yogurt
Preheat your oven to 200F Degrees. Thinly slice your apples. I used the thin blade on my mandolin slicer.
Place on a silicone baking mat lined baking sheet in single layer.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. More or less depending on your preference. I like A LOT as you can tell.
Bake the apple slices for about 1.5 hours, flip, and continue baking for another 1.5 hours.
Turn off the oven but leave the apple crisps in there until it's completely cooled. While the oven is cooling mix the yogurt and pumpkin together in a small bowl until well combined.
Add the spices and stir well. Let the dip meld in the fridge for about an hour while the oven is cooling down with your apple crisps.
Dip your cinnamon apple crisps into the pumpkin yogurt dip and taste Fall!
What is your best tip for removing stains from Tupperware and the like?
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.